This Tri-Series was a batsman’s paradise if ever there was one. Good pitches meant batsmen were rewarded – and bowlers punished – with an average run-rate of 8.09 runs an over across the whole tournament. As Martin Davies of Women’s Cricket Blog put it after the Aussies posted 209 against England: “Who’d be a bowler?”
In this environment, one bowler stood out above all the others – not only did Megan Schutt take more wickets than anyone else, but she did so at an Economy Rate of 6.28. Now 25 years of age, Schutt is practically middle-aged in cricketing terms, and like South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp seems to have figured out that having a plan… or perhaps more accurately having lots of plans, and sticking to them like superglue… is actually the bowler’s most valuable weapon of all.
Having been dropped in 2014, medium-fast seamer Delissa Kimmince made her come-back for the Southern Stars in the T20 round of the Women’s Ashes, and her performance on this tour to India has validated that recall, with 8 wickets at 7.76.
But will Kimmince be in Australia’s starting XI in the West Indies at the World T20? Well… an interesting point made by Snehal Pradhan on our recent podcast was that the pitches here have been very good and friendly to the quicker bowlers. Seamers dominate this list – unusually for a women’s tournament, especially one held in the sub-continent – but will the pitches be the same in the West Indies? Or will they be slow turners that produce a very different list come November?
|1. Megan Schutt (Australia)||5||9||6.28|
|2. Delissa Kimmince (Australia)||5||8||7.76|
|3. Ashleigh Gardner (Australia)||5||6||7.18|
|4. Jhulan Goswami (India)||4||5||7.90|
|5. Poonam Yadav (India)||4||4||7.20|
|6. Ellyse Perry (Australia)||5||4||7.94|
|7. Deepti Sharma (India)||3||4||8.22|
|8. Jenny Gunn (England)||4||5||9.42|
|9. Radha Yadav (India)||2||3||7.85|
|10. Tash Farrant (England)||4||3||8.08|
Bowling Ranking = Wickets / Economy